Overcoming Tight Supply Chain: Local Options for Giving Holiday Gifts | Taste, Santa Fe’s food scene
Supply shortages and shipping delays this year have caused many people to think about how to fill these stocking stuffers even before they carve their Halloween pumpkins.
It might not look like the holidays yet, but shopping locally – and getting to the post office early – can alleviate some of the anxiety many of us feel about gift season. imminent.
Here are some of the locally available items on my list this year:
Need inspiration for advanced planning? Look at ArtfulTea (101 Marcy St., Santa Fe; artfultea.com) owner and tea maestro Karen Gardiner, who has been working since the summer to perfect her shop’s revamped advent calendar.
The display quality box includes “24 Days of Fine Tea”, along with two dozen numbered, hand-made tea bags. It is available in store for $ 59.95 and online for shipping at artfultea.com (prices vary).
This is the 12th year on the calendar and my second year of shopping for myself and my loved ones. There is something so special about brewing and drinking a single serving of tea that you might never have tried otherwise – the box features a festive array of flavors and types of tea, ranging from a strawberry herb chocolate and a mate nut mocha up to a Star of India black tea and a purple variety called Miss Violet. Brewing instructions, ingredients and caffeine content are listed on the paper wrap that comes with each bag.
This year’s box includes samples of some of my personal favorites from ArtfulTea, including the bold and aromatic Apricot Brandy black tea, the delicately floral Cherry Rose green tea, and the intricate and obsessive blend of Masala chai (tip: pair- the with a little oat milk and a dose of honey for a winter delight).
Because this is an advent calendar, it is a natural gift to send early. You can give the box away in early December with a gift certificate, so your recipient can order a full box or tea bag of their favorite tea to welcome the New Year.
Santa Fe olive oil and balsamic vinegar (116 Don Gaspar Ave., Santa Fe; santafeoliveoil.com) makes shipping easy through its website, although it is an experience in itself to visit the store for recommendations from knowledgeable staff on its olive oils and vinegars. in a bottle.
You can wrap one or two bottles of your choice in a nice gift box ($ 30 to $ 55), or you can go for an assortment of two, four, or six smaller bottles ($ 25 to $ 65). (I can guarantee the 25 Star Dark Balsamic, which must be on my shelf at all times.)
But the store also has a wonderful line of larger assortments, such as the Mid-Size New Mexico Gift Set ($ 135). It includes a bottle of red chili olive oil, green chili olive oil and this 25 star black balsamic, as well as red chili powder, red and green chili powders from Old Pecos. Foods, raspberry red pepper jam from Heidi’s Raspberry Farm, a small bottle of roasted garlic olive oil and several spouts.
Speaking of Heidi’s and Old Pecos Foods, you can usually find both at Santa Fe Farmers Market (1607 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe; Saturdays and Tuesdays), where you can complete a sample of gifts of local edibles and crafts with a stylish Farmer’s Market-branded tote bag and ship or deliver it yourself. . Pick up an assortment of three small jars of jam for $ 12, or five for $ 19. Old Pecos Foods flavored mustards are available in small jars of two for $ 10 and five for $ 20. (Visit oldpecosfoods.com and heidisraspberryfarm.com.)
More reliably shipped local gourmet gifts are courtesy of the Santa Fe Cooking School (santafeschoolofcooking.com), with a range of themes and prices. I’m drawn to the ‘Red Green Go’ package ($ 64), which includes a pot of red chili sauce from The Shed, Santa Fe Cooking School Roasted Tomato and Tomatillo Salsas, Powder of red chili from New Mexico, a pot of green chili from Mexico and a can of green chili dip mix. Or get them the Santa Fe Sampler ($ 82), which includes local specialties like the green chili stew starter, blue corn piñon pancake mix, and biscochitos.
Of course, we all know that the edible delights of Santa Fe extend far beyond Chile. This year I’m planning an order or two of Maven chocolate (821 W. San Mateo, Santa Fe, chocolatemaven.com), which ships many of its products nationwide. You can send eight individually wrapped brownies totaling nearly 2 pounds of chocolate decadence for $ 28, presented in a festive red box. Tea breads, shortbread cookies, chocolate cookies and a range of pies are also available options.
Finally, think of a gift that continues to give: a coffee subscription of Ohori (ohoriscoffee.com/Coffee_Subscription) or Iconic (iconikcoffee.com/product/coffee-subscription) is easy to set up online with either local business.
Don’t forget to order a bean bag for yourself, too, or just drop by for a cup to go. You’ll probably need a little pick-me-up for all of your first holiday shopping.